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The iPad mini has been finally announced and the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD devices are out. Google updated its Nexus 7 and announced a phone and a 10 inch tablet device. Here is a an unconventional insight into what each of these devices has to offer and how to choose the one suited to your needs.
|Spec||iPad mini||Nexus 7||Kindle Fire HD|
|What’s different?||Enhanced keyboard supports gesture typing, Google Now that gives the latest relevant information and a 10 finger multi touch support.Sign in with your Google Account to enable all of Google’s apps and synchronize your account.||Dolby audio speakers, HDMI output. Custom technology called WhisperSync for content synchronization across devices/apps, XRay that displays additional information in movies and books and Kindle Free Time for setting time limits for certain activities for kids.|
|OS||iOS 6.0 with future iOS upgrades guaranteed||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) with possible future OS upgrades||Customised Android 4.0 to give additional features to users.|
|Store||App Store with free and paid apps available in 155 countries.||Play Store available in 129 countries||Amazon App Store that is more restrictive than Google Play and available in US, UK, Spain, Germany, France and Italy.|
|Gaming||Free and paid games. HD games available and Game Center support.||Free and paid games. Supports HD games||Free and paid games. Supports HD games and GameCircle for comparing achievements, saving progress etc.|
|Movies||Rent and Buy videos (incl. TV shows, Movies and Music Videos). Copy your own.||Rent videos only. Movies available for purchase in 8 countries. Can copy your own.||Movies via LoveFilm subscription (UK) or Instant Video (US). Copy own movies|
|Music||Buy music via iTunes. Support for your own music library. Use iTunes Match (where available) to sync music to the cloud for an annual flat fee.||Google Play music available in US only. A music match service will be available in 5 countries mid Nov 2012.||Music available via Amazon MP3 and Cloud player (US, UK, Spain, Germany, France and Italy). Copy own content upto 250 songs only|
|Books||Apple iBookstore has 1.5 million books with support for multi touch text books. Also supports Amazon Kindle Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook and Google Books (via Apps)||Access over 4 million books. Supports books available via Kindle and Nook as well (via Apps)||Access to Kindle library of over 1 million books and 200,000 Kindle exclusive books. HD magazines. Enables book rentals to those with Amazon Prime membership.|
|Video Calls||FaceTime for video calls over WiFi and Mobile Internet (3G)||Skype integration for video calls over Wifi and Cellular.||Customised Skype integration for video calls.|
|Maps & Navigation||Uses Apple Maps that is currently supported in few countries. Has a Digital Compass||Google Maps enhanced with street view and turn by turn navigation via digital compass.||N/A|
|Battery||10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music||7 hours of HD video playback, 10 hrs for web browsing / e-reading or 300 hrs standby time||11 hours of continuous use|
|Weight||From 308gm||From 340gm||395gm|
|Pricing||Wifi: From $329 (16GB) Wifi+Cellular: From $459 (16GB)||Wifi: From $199 (16GB), Wifi + Cellular: $299 (32 GB)||Wifi: $199 (16 GB)|